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Build Your Summer: A Summer Reading Program for Teens

July 1- August 26th

Customize your own summer reading program this summer. Read what you want. Choose the activities you attend. No two programs will be the same! Every book you read gives you the chance to win a fabulous prize of your choice. ALL books count. Come to the Information Desk to pick up/ submit reader entry forms and register for activities. Your first entry earns you a giant chocolate chip cookie courtesy of Vinny’s Deli! Each teen who attends a program over the summer will be entered to win the grand prize of a Sphero robotic ball. Open to all entering grades 6-12.

Summer Programs

All summer programs are open to teens entering grades 6-12. Most programs require registration.


Minecraft Main Street Summer Contest
Minecraft Main Street logoWe’ve created the Wallingford Public Library on our Minecraft Server! Now you can replicate other buildings in town, or build something totally unique along Wallingford’s Minecraft Main Street.

Sign up at the Information Desk to gain a claim along our Minecraft Main Street. If you need some help getting started you can come meet with our Minecraft expert librarians on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. throughout July and August.

All of the completed buildings will be permanently featured on the LION Minecraft Server. All participants will vote on the best construction with the creator taking home a cool Minecraft inspired prize.

Open to all teens entering grades 6-12.


Painting with Rashmi
Tuesday, July 26th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Collins Room


Explore two of the dominant themes in art- the portrait and the still life. All materials included. Open to all going into grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Batter Up! MLB Live!
Come and cheer on your favorite team. Get your hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, and score cards. Games are live on our big screen in surround sound in the Community Room. All materials provided.

Red Sox vs. Tigers
Wednesday, July 27th
1:35 p.m.

MLB Live! Yankees vs. Blue Jays
Wednesday, August 17th
1:05 p.m.


Make It Out of Duct Tape
Tuesday, August 2nd
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Collins Room


Duct tape can be used to make things that will blow your mind. Expert duct tape artist Katie Stevenson will teach you some tricks to make anything you can imagine- wallets, flowers, ties, shoes, jewelry. The possibilities are endless… All materials provided. Open to those entering grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Explore Writing with YA Author Shari Arnold
Wednesdays, August 3rd & 10th
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Board Room


Do you like to write fiction or poetry? Songs or comic books? Screenplays or fan fiction? Haven't written in a long time? Write on your phone? No matter. If you're a teenager and you write, this is the place for you. Join author Shari Arnold for a two-part workshop and learn the fundamentals needed to become a great writer. All materials included- just show up and write. Open to all entering grades 6-12. Please register in advance.


Create Your Own Sharpie Mugs
Thursday, August 4th
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Collins Room


Create a cool new mug. We will use oil-based sharpies. The paint bakes into the ceramic, so the design won't wash off, and they are perfectly safe to drink out of. All materials provided. Open to all entering grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Anime Night: Summer Wars
Thursday, August 11th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Collins Room


Calling all otaku! If you love anime and manga this is where you need to be. This month we will be watching Summer Wars directed by Mamoru Hosoda. It has been called one of the most important Japanese animated science fiction films. Please note the early start time to allow for the length of the movie.


Teen Cuisine: Pickles
Friday, August 12th
1:00 p.m.
Community Room


Do you like pickles? Learn how to make your own. Make them as spicy or sweet as you like. All materials provided. Open to all entering grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Sculpting Class: Polymer Clay Snowy Owls
Tuesday, August 16th
5:00-8:00 p.m.


Debbie Jaffe owner of KanduBeads will teach you how to make a realistic snowy owl sculpture using polymer clay. Students will learn how to use simple shapes to mold the body and then to create fluffy wing feathers. Each student’s owls will be as different as they are in nature. All materials provided. Open to all entering grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Wallingford Reads YA
A book discussion group for Teens and Adults. Books available at the Information Desk.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Thursday, July 28th
7:00 p.m.



Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Thursday, August 25th
7:00 p.m.



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